Thomas Edison surrounded himself with great thinkers and was friends with some of the most successful people of his day.  I think he would have valued many of the ideas suggested below, some very similar to his own and others in contrast to his thinking. 

On the importance of a fearless attitude toward change which is the foundation of innovation

Eleanor Roosevelt and Helen Keller

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”—Helen Keller

“We may not be interested in chaos but chaos is interested in us.”—Robert Cooper, The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-first Century

 “If you don’t like change, you’re going to like irrelevance even less.”—General Eric Shinseki, retired Chief of Staff, U. S. Army

 On your individual role in innovation:

 “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”—Gandhi

 “You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.”—Isabel Allende

 “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”  —Karen Lamb

On the human side of innovation: 

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

“The two most powerful things in existence: a kind word and a thoughtful gesture.”—Ken Langone, founder, Home Depot

“The deepest human need is the need to be appreciated.”—William James

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